Population is a long, long line

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By John Bartlit


Picture every part of the environment having a string tied to it. The strings lead to concerns spaced in time and distance.

At one end the strings all meet in a tangle of knots.

That mighty tangle is world population.

The tangle is worse than it seems at first sight. Think about the mountains of population numbers, demographically sorted into ethnic, economic and geographic groupings.

Population affects almost everything, whether the environment, religions, wars, commodity prices, employment tides or money supplies. Yet, the subject is largely ignored in public.

We know why this happens ­— the central knot is too tight to pick open.

But it can be poked, so let’s poke.

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